In the Name of Roses

Hi there!

How is life treating you lately? I hope all is well on your side of the world.

Today was a really dreary and cold day. The kind of day where all I’d want to do is stay in bed with a hot cuppa chai or a hot almond cinnamon chocolate drink and a good book.

But there were enough tasks to do, and so I got out of bed, took a hot shower, did my daily yoga and meditation and was off to work.


Appreciating the small things in life: roses. Digital sketch made with Ps and Ai.


One thing I got done today was to colour in my roses sketch I did on the weekend as part of the MATS Bootcamp roses study.

Roses are really tricky to draw. It’s like you see something and then when you put it down on paper, that what you had in mind looks nothing like what you executed on paper!

So, I tried again, and again, and again… until, after many failed attempts, I kind of got the hang of it. Or let’s say, I am not as intimidated by drawing them anymore.

In the following are the results of my weekend rose exercise sketches I dare to share:

Wild Roses: Pencil and black ink pen


Rosa Bourboniana: Pencil and black ink pen


And finally, the above shown digital sketch in pencil and black ink pen straight from my sketchbook. I made this one as a compilation of my rose exercise:

Appreciating the small things in life: roses!


I think this weekend and for the moment, wild roses turned out to be my favourite roses.

Not just because they are relatively simple to draw; because they are. But, their simple shape and pink colour tossed around haphazardly in a juicy green bush is so beautifully chaotic and charming. A bit like an abstract painting.

I guess it’s kind of in my nature as a Sagittarius to like all things wild. 😉

The other thing I noticed is, I must have quite a vivid imagination because while sketching, drawing, inking and working digitally on all roses, I had the feeling I could actually make out the scent of the roses as if I were sniffling in a bunch of roses as depicted in the above sketch.

Now where many artists and designers participating in MATS Bootcamp mentioned having had this on their mind ‘Roses are red, violets…’, I couldn’t help having the song: ‘I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden,…’ on my mind.

After a while, it felt a bit like a broken record, I must admit, and I am glad that I was able to knock it out of my mind.

But as for roses, what more can I say than: they are simply beautiful.

May your week be beautiful!


Dandelion field

Although there is little to no sign of Spring, we have the power to let flowers blossom in our minds.

If we wish, we can transfer these images onto paper (or the digital version of paper/53) to share the joy with others.

Or, and best of all, of course, is when we share the flowers of love, compassion and peace – which blossom in our hearts – with flora, fauna and our fellow beings.

Dandelion field for #colour_collective’s Dandelion and #animalmarch, iPad finger sketch with the fiftythree app

Wishing all a joyful Friday evening and a peaceful weekend.

Have an animal sketch wish for #animalmarch?

Feel free to post your wish in the comment section below.

Seal Pup

For today’s #animalmarch a seal pup in another iPad finger sketch:


I don’t believe I will ever comprehend how anybody could have the heart to slaughter these adorable creatures.

I hope we human beings come to our right senses, fast.

Advent Calendar December 2014

For a couple of years I’ve been thinking about creating an online advent calendar, but never came around to do so.

Now that December is coming close so soon again, I’ve decided to do at least a ‘blog advent calendar’:
For each day of December leading up to Christmas I wish to post a winter-theme sketch, or drawing, or illustration, or comic, or painting, or poem, etc..

I hope you will enjoy following this advent calendar as much as I will enjoy creating its content!

As for now, this is a small collage of my recent winter character development sketches:

Winter character development: pencil (3B, 4B) sketches in my a6 sketchbook
Winter character development: pencil (3B, 4B) sketches in my a6 sketchbook

Day 29 of #DrawingAugust

Lately, the animal realm is pretty busy with sending me messages.
So for today, another cutesy power animal drawing for #DrawingAugust:

Red ladybug; wishes fulfilled; pencil 6B, charcoal, water colours
Red ladybug; wishes fulfilled; pencil 6B, charcoal, water colours

And this is how it came about:

This morning, two ladybugs were crawling in my kitchen.
As I helped the yellow one with white dots outside, I noticed a red one with black dots resting on the ceiling.

Yellow ladybug with white dots
Yellow ladybug with white dots


Wishes will be granted
Of the dream-seeds you have planted
So, remeber to aim high
Up, up into the sky
Have faith in the universe’s natural pace
Why worry,
knowing eventually, your dreams will all fall into place.


Good luck, prosperity and abundance to all!
And to all a good night!

Fox for Day 24 of #DrawingAugust

Fox and fox totem

Fox and fox totem: Black pigment liner 0.3
Fox and fox totem: Black pigment liner 0.3

Fox Poem

Master of disguise

cunning and wise

my every step you guide

while camouflaged you hide

so in solitude I can contemplate

unseen and without debate

my soul’s calling and direction

that becomes clear through introspection